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Using Legal Music in Your Video Production

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How would you feel if you worked for a few weeks on your next video, only to have someone else profit by it?

Chances are, you wouldn’t like it. Which is why I am writing this post encouraging you to only use legal music in your next video project.

Contrary to popular belief, unless you are making videos just for yourself, distributing or sharing them with others makes it illegal to add the latest Alicia Keys or Rolling Stones track to your video.

Most movie editing software makes it possible to record music from audio CDs or other sources into your video. But remember that you can’t sell or otherwise distribute movies containing copyrighted tunes.*

If you want to use music in your next video, you can always rely on your own musical stylings if you’re gifted with musical ability. Otherwise, you may want to invest in a buyout music library.

These are similar royalty-free stock photography, but instead offer music. You can use Google to search for “royalty free music” or just try

Remember, Copyrighted music is protected under the law. It’s possible that using Copyrighted music in your video could land you in court.

*There are exceptions to using Copyrighted music such as the “fair use” exception, but these exceptions are a gray area that might require you to seek the services of a licensed attorney specializing in intellectual property before you decide to take a chance on claiming “fair use.”


Written by scottbourne

November 21, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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